Oh yes! I have been in a bit of a rut in terms of my reading. Which is a shame, really. Especially given that I’ve spent a fortune on books in the last couple of weeks. So I’m sure my bank account will forever be grateful for Jenny Oliver and The Summer House By The Sea. It is the one book that has made me actually want to read the books that I’ve bought. Because it was absolutely amazing! Literally the perfect summer read and I could not put it down. You can ask my boyfriend. We got into quite the argument yesterday because I didn’t want to turn off the lights and stop reading. That’s how good it is!
Before I start rambling about all the bits and pieces that I adore in this book, let me give you a quick summary so you know what all the fuzz is about. The Summer House By The See tells the story of Ava and her brother Rory. They grew up in a dysfunctional yet very loving family and have both walked away with scars and their own ways of dealing with the difficulties of life. Continue reading
You guys cannot imagine how glad I am that I didn’t give up on Sophie Kinsella after reading My Not So Perfect Life which let me down a bit. And I have no idea why I haven’t read Twenties Girl earlier given that it has been out since freaking 2009!!
Lara Lington lives in London, as they all do. 🙂 She is your normal twenty something girl struggling with her daily life and obsessing over her ex-boyfriend Josh who had to change his number because she wouldn’t stop texting him. Normal, right? 🙂
However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she is visited by the ghost of her late Great Aunt Sadie. Continue reading
If you follow me on any of my social media accounts you might already know that I went on some kind of unintended book haul. I went to my local bookstore intending to buy two new releases and walked out with an entire truck load full of books. I was over the moon. My bank account not so much. But oh what 🙂
However! The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan was actually on my original to buy list AND on my February TBR list, so we’re all good here 🙂 Plus, even if this wasn’t the case, buying this book was certainly worth it! I love Jenny Colgan’s book in general but this one was especially good.
I have read MANY Sophie Kinsella books throughout the years and I have always loved them. There’s something about her characters – usually bubbly, self-conscious, chaotic twenty-something women on a mission – that always spoke to me. I could always somehow relate to the things they were going through and the problems they were facing. And it was the same with this book.
Katie is a girl in her late twenties struggling to find her feet in London. She works for a big marketing company, and with work I mean file surveys all day long. Her room is the size of a shoebox and she keeps all her stuff in a hammock hung above her bed. All in all, her life pretty much sucks. But there is no way she is going back to Sommerset, to her dad and to the farm. She has left that part of herself behind a long time, re-inventing herself along the way.
And (re-)invention in general is what the story is all about. Not wanting to tell her parents the truth, Katie starts coming up with small fibs that somehow take a life of their own. Her instagram feed has no resemblance whatsoever with reality and there is not one person who really knows what’s going on in her life. Not even Alex, her crazy hot boss. The question is, will the truth stay hidden or will her carefully webbed net of lies rip? Continue reading
Those of you who know me personally or are familiar with my blog might be aware of the fact that I love reading contemporary women’s fiction. I love the positive vibe those books have and how they always find a good enough solution to every problem that arises. But sadly the real world is nothing like that. If you take a look at what’s going on all around the world you soon realize that these stories can really only be fiction.
It sometimes scares me to open the newspaper or watch the news on TV. There is so much hate and violence everywhere. And it’s not just big politicians and world leaders, but everyday “normal” people who bully, discriminate, hurt and lie.
Thus, as much as I enjoy reading contemporary women’s fiction, there’s a part of me that also really enjoys getting lost in dystopian books. Maybe it’s the fact that the subjects they treat are relevant and concern everybody. But then again, other genres do that to. So maybe then, it’s the fact – and this scares me – that their futuristic worlds often resemble our present world in more ways than I’d like to admit. Continue reading
First things first, isn’t Zanna van Djik and absolutely beautiful name? It sounds so lovely on the ear. No? Oh whatever then 🙂
After watching an old episode of The Great British Bake Off and craving all things cake yesterday, I’m amazed that I actually ended up testing one of Zanna’s recipes today like I planned. Because what I cooked sure wasn’t a cake… But it was just as yummy 🙂
I started following Zanna on YouTube a few weeks ago and I have since fallen in love with her. There’s something about her approach to health and fitness that sounds right to me.
I’m sure that I’m not the only one here who has read her fair share of fitness books and health related blog posts and has tried out all kinds of different things. For one, I used to be a huge fan of Chris and Heidi Powell. But I’m not anymore. Because something about their way of doing things no longer fit me. I’m not saying that their approach is wrong. It’s just that my life is different now. Which is exactly why I loved reading Zanna’s book. And it has everything in there you need to know in order to live a balanced and healthy life. Continue reading
New month, new books. A lovely sentence, isn’t it? Especially the second part of it 🙂
I spent most of January finishing all the Christmas books that I didn’t manage to read before the 24th of December. Which was really nice and made me realize that Christmas books can be read all year long. Awesome news for me, because I absolutely love Christmas. And we’re talking obsessively loving it. Like wanting to have Christmas every single day. 365 days of the year.
But anyhow 🙂 I have read my way through my Christmas stack and am now moving on to new pastures which are looking really lovely and diverse this month. So far I have six books on my February TBR list and they all couldn’t be more different. The only thing that is missing, I believe, is an old classic like Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist (a book that sits unread in my bookshelf oO). But even without it, my list looks pretty amazing and I can’t wait to start! Continue reading